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Earth Jurisprudence

Private Property and the Environment, 1st Edition

By Peter D. Burdon


172 pages

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The idea of human dominion over nature has become entrenched by the dominant rights-based interpretation of private property. Accordingly, nature is not attributed any inherent value and becomes merely the matter of a human property relationship. Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment explores how an alternative conception of property might be instead grounded in the ecocentric concept of an Earth community. Recognising that human beings are deeply interconnected with and dependent on nature, this concept is proposed as a standard and measure for human law.

This book argues that the anthropocentric institution of private property needs to be reconceived; drawing on international case law, indigenous views of property and the land use practices of agrarian communities, Peter Burdon considers how private property can be reformulated in a way that fosters duties towards nature. Using the theory of earth jurisprudence as a guide, he outlines an alternative ecocentric description of private property as a relationship between and among members of the Earth community.

This book will appeal to those researching in law, justice and ecology, as well as anyone pursuing an interest more particularly in earth jurisprudence.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Introduction: Series Editor Anna Grear, Foreword: Professor Klaus Bosselmann, Chapter One: Introduction, Chapter Two: Anthropocentrism and Private Property, Chapter Three: Earth Community, Chapter Four: A Theory of Earth Jurisprudence, Chapter Five: Private Property Revisited, Epilogue: The Great Work, Bibliography

About the Author

Peter D. Burdon is based at Adelaide Law School

About the Series

Law, Justice and Ecology

In an age of climate change, scarcity of resources, and the deployment of new technologies that put into question the very idea of the 'natural', this book series offers a cross-disciplinary, novel engagement with the connections between law and ecology. The fundamental challenge taken up by the series concerns the pressing need to interrogate and to re-imagine prevailing conceptions of legal responsibility, legal community and legal subjectivity, by embracing the wider recognition that human existence is materially embedded in living systems and shared with multiple networks of non-humans.

Encouraging cross-disciplinary engagement and reflection upon relevant empirical, policy and theoretical issues, the series pursues a thoroughgoing, radical and timely exploration of the multiple relationships between law, justice and ecology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Property
NATURE / Ecology